On occasion here at CHS we saunter over to First Hill for a drink or to deliver a baby. Like you, we’ve noticed that there are some glaring entrepreneurial gaps in the neighborhood. One of them fills in Wednesday with the grand opening of Kafe Berlin at 613 9th Avenue, between James and Cherry.
This German-themed cafe is fittingly in the first floor of Seattle’s German House. Kafe serves German sausages, a variety of panini and Euro sandwiches, pastries from Little Prague Bakery in
Ballard West Seattle as well as turnovers and cinnamon rolls baked onsite.
No word yet on jelly doughnuts.
Although the space is small it’s very exciting and sure to draw in students from nearby O’Dea High School. However, Kafe Berlin’s owners are targeting the adults with a 5a to 6a coffee happy hour for a cheaper dose of Tony’s Coffee.
The bright exterior was understatedly referred to as “an improvement to the building” by the Landmarks Preservation Board. They got involved because the German House is a city landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s better known as having been the U.S. Assay Office from 1898 to 1932 — where the hundreds of millions of dollars in gold and silver brought down from the Klondike and Nome were processed. We’ll have more about that soon.
You may be scratching your head about the location, so here’s a better description. It’s on the road that goes through Harborview, but on the other side of James. It’s straight down Cherry from Swedish. It’s a convenient block from the Frye Art Museum and has a Number 60 Metro stop right in front. Kafe Berlin can hope for Sunday rushes from St. James Cathedral, the Trinity Parish, and an assortment of gravely-injured, hungover Capitol Hill residents staggering out of the emergency room who need a couple shots of espresso.
Kafe Berlin is open 5a to 4p Monday through Friday, and 8a to 4p Saturday and Sunday.You can learn more on Kafe Berlin’s Facebook page.